Thursday, October 29, 2015

stay in God's word

S - Prov 4:20-23 (NASB)

My son, give attention to my words;
Incline your ear to my sayings.
21Do not let them depart from your sight;
Keep them in the midst of your heart.
22For they are life to those who find them
And health to all their body.
23Watch over your heart with all diligence,
For from it flow the springs of life.

O -   The lord through Solomon, has given wisdom for me to pay attention to and listen to.  God is telling us that we are to continue to seek Him in His word,  keep them flowing through my heart and mind and soul, because this is what will keep you healthy.

A -  The application for me today is to continue to read daily the bible, through devotions, let it enter my head and heart and reveal in me those things that are not of God, and well up in me the springs of life that come from the Holy Spirit.  Jesus has come into my life, He is the word of truth, my lord and savior , and I belong to him.

P - Dear heavenly Father, thank you for bringing me back to your word, may it continue to inspire and cleanse me.  May it bring new life to my weary soul.   I pray Lord for a washing and renewing of my heart, and a healing of any physical ailments that keep me from the full joy of knowing who I am in you.   I pray for healing over depression and anxiety, I pray for wisdom and discernment of what it is I am to do today.

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Keep the lords commandments in my heart

S -  Prov 3:1-2 (NASB)
1My son, do not forget my teaching,
But let your heart keep my commandments;
2For length of days and years of life
And peace they will add to you.

O -  Solomon shares wisdom that we have a natural tendency to forget the wisdom and commandments that come from God through His word.   But the truth is His word is alive and living, and if it is living inside of us,  it adds years of life to your life, and peace is the result.  

A -   Wow, this hits hard as I face a time in my life that seems to lack peace.   I am reminded that God's word, His commandments in His word, and His commandments to me through prayer, devotions, and holy spirit promptings are what He wants to restore in me in this season.

P - My application is my prayer, Lord help me to re-ignite the fire or fan the flame inside of me.  I recognize that in my weakness you are strong,  I confess your ways are so much better than my ways.  My prayer oh Lord is that you remove the paralyzing fear and anxiety that comes with my depression, that you help me to seize every moment you have given me to love others and love you.  Lord it is through prayer and confession and humbleness that I submit my whole self to your will. In Jesus name I pray, Amen.

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Seek wisdom, gain fear of the Lord

S - Prov 2:
1My son, if you will receive my words
And treasure my commandments within you,
2Make your ear attentive to wisdom,
Incline your heart to understanding;
3For if you cry for discernment,
Lift your voice for understanding;
4If you seek her as silver
And search for her as for hidden treasures;
5Then you will discern the fear of the Lord
And discover the knowledge of God.
6For the Lord gives wisdom;
From His mouth come knowledge and understanding

O -    The words of wisdom we receive here from Solomon are from God,  so we can trust its truth and worthiness of receiving and planting in our hearts.    Solomon describes here a heart to seek God's wisdom,  for they are hidden treasures to be found,   but what we receive on this journey of seeking the wisdom of God is actual an understanding of the fear of the Lord and knowledge of who He really is.

A - The application for me is to realize while I have sought to know God and gain wisdom in his word, and discernment in His spirit, it may not have been leading me to where I would have thought. My knowledge of who God is, and how insignificant my plans and my ways are , is becoming more and more apparent daily.   My plans are folly and my ways fall short of God's ways.  I am coming humbly before him daily, confessing my shortcomings and seeking his hand and favor.

P -  Lord only you know my heart, and know my circumstance.  I am praying that through your spirit I would be filled, healed, and uplifted.  I truly am nothing without you.  I pray for restoration of hope and joy,  passion and empathy, and most of all filled with your love, so that I can outpour your love to those you have placed in my life.

Monday, October 26, 2015

Fear for the Lord, the restart of knowledge and wisdom

S -  Proverbs 1:7 (NASB)
7The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge;
Fools despise wisdom and instruction.

O - A healthy fear (or reverence) of the Lord is necessary to understand and learn from Him,  the creator of all things.  He offers up this opportunity to have revelation of His principles and truths, but those who are foolish despise the wisdom of God.   This doesn't mean they don't think they know or learn things, but instead seek the wisdom of the world.

A - The application for me today, was a reminder by the Holy Spirit to get back to devotions by seeking God's wisdom and instruction and rejection the worlds.   It begins with a genuine reverence for who He is , and a healthy fear of not being with Him.

P - Dear heavenly Father, thank you for today's encouragement, correction, and direction.  I am so sorry I have not stayed devoted to putting your word deep in my heart, and am thankful to let you back in to begin depositing gems and your spirit to fill me.  I pray Lord your spirit would guide and refresh me in this endeavor.  

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Last days - we must prophesy what the spirit is prompting

S - act.2.17-18.nasb
'A nd it shall be in the last days ,' God says, 'T hat I will pour forth of M y S pirit on all mankind ; A nd your sons and your daughters shall prophesy , A nd your young men shall see visions , A nd your old men shall dream dreams ; E ven on M y bondslaves , both men and women , I will in those days pour forth of M y S pirit And they shall prophesy.

O - This is Peters explanation of why at Pentecost the Apostles received the Holy Spirit and were able to speak the tongues of all the differing languages that where represented by the Jewish people in Jerusalem.   As these people heard the gospel coming forth in their own language, from Galileans whom didn't grow up speaking their language they were compelled to listen and give glory to God.  This is who our God is , and how he operates.  He reaches each and everyone of us, personally, right where we are.  There is not a need to be learned of a particular language, or conversant reading latin, or greeek, or even Hebrew.  His plan as prophesied before was that young men will see visions, and old men dream  (young to old) and that this will be sent out to everyone.  From their sons and daughters will speak with God's spirit to reach all those God is calling.

A - The application for me is to recognize, and even acknowledge that we are in end times,  which means only in this context,  God has poured out His spirit on us for the purpose of proclaiming the good news of salvation through Christ.   If I will draw near to Him,  His spirit can flow through me to reach those whom He is calling to repentance and restoration.    I must seek the Holy Spirit, and seek to speak the words that He is calling me to speak.

P -  Dear heavenly Father, thank you for your great leadership and grace.  I thank you for hearing my voice, answering prayers, and filling me with your spirit.  Lord I pray you would help me to love you, an dspeak your love tand grace to those you have put in my life.

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Keep the temple clean

S -luk.19.45-46.nasb
 Jesus entered the temple and began to drive out those who were selling, saying to them, "It is written, 'A nd M y house shall be a house of prayer ,' but you have made it a robbers ' den ."

O - Jesus came to restore God's best for God's people, and to incarnate the church, in flesh vice stone.  Jesus' desires to see God's plan fully filled, and as he exampled here in the temple, he want to rid God's temple of anything that can corrupt it.   Here it is the money changers and merchants who had created an environment not aligned with God and the temples purpose, for us today, our bodies are the temple, our hearts and minds are where we must maintain in order to prevent the temple from being corrupt.

A -  The application for me is to ensure that the love of money and possessions, the desire for easiness over righteousness does not overtake my heart and mind.   I must rid myself of the things of the world making unclean the temple of my heart and mind, where Jesus and the Holy Spirit live. 

P - Dear heavenly father, please help me to rid myself of all unrighteousness in the temple you have provided me.  Lord I can't see it or rid it without you.  I pray all this in Jesus name.

Monday, October 5, 2015

Pray continuously to the Lord

S -  Luke 18:4-8   (NASB)
4For a while he was unwilling; but afterward he said to himself, 'Even though I do not fear God nor respect man, 5yet because this widow bothers me, I will give her legal protection, otherwise by continually coming she will wear me out.'" 6And the Lord said, "Hear what the unrighteous judge said; 7now, will not God bring about justice for His elect who cry to Him day and night, and will He delay long over them? 8I tell you that He will bring about justice for them quickly.

O -  This parable was spoken by Jesus to those listening in context to their own prayers to God.   The purpose appears to encourage them to present their request always (day and night) to the Lord,  and he will represent and honor these requests.   Honor these requests may not be as a wish is presented to a genie, but more like an agreement between the judge and the widow in parable,  will give her his legal covering.   God will do the same for us, as we present our request to God, He is good and faithful,  for Christ intercedes our behalf at the right hand of the Father.  The holy spirit works within in us to know what to pray and even when spoken inexactly ensures the Father knows our prayers, and guides them.

A -  The application for me is  to remember to pray continuously throughout my day, into each and every circumstance, because God is listening, and has agreed to  provide a covering in my life.   I will walk the day presenting my request and let God's peace reign in my head and heart, and trust in his methods and means to answer my prayers.

P - Dear heavenly Father, thank you for today's lesson, may it be sealed to my heart.

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Praise him in all circumstances

S - Psalm 150
1Praise the Lord!
Praise God in His sanctuary;
Praise Him in His mighty expanse.
2Praise Him for His mighty deeds;
Praise Him according to His excellent greatness.
3Praise Him with trumpet sound;
Praise Him with harp and lyre.
4Praise Him with timbrel and dancing;
Praise Him with stringed instruments and pipe.
5Praise Him with loud cymbals;
Praise Him with resounding cymbals.
6Let everything that has breath praise the Lord.
Praise the Lord!

O -   This sounds like David, to praise the lord always is his heart, and it is a heart I wish to catch.   My observation is that Davids reminder is that is how great our God is,  worthy of praise when I go to church, when I leave church,  when I see His workings in the the community,   we I see the greatness of His creation,  when I hear and sing worship songs,   when I see walk amongst a world of His great creation.   Because bottom line Praise the Lord in all things.

A-  Lord I give you praise in this season I walk.  My outlook internally is bleak but that is me not seeing you in every place I am.  I am allowing to darkness to cloud my view and need to break the darkness by seeking the light;  the light is worthy of notice, and worthy of praise because it is from God.  As I am moved it is easy, but in times of darkness I must stand of God's truth and his ever presence that each moment is worthy of God's praise, seeking the light and rejecting darkness will get me there.

P - Dear heavenly Father, thank you for today's lesson, may it be sealed to my heart.